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Turks and Caicos is a safe and healthy destination. The tap water may not be the best tasting, but it is safe to drink. Food-safety standards are high, and you rarely hear of upset stomachs or outbreaks of food poisoning. At this writing the Turks and Caicos do not have any major mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever, which has been a problem on many Caribbean islands, but there are no-see-ums at dusk, and they really like to bite your ankles. Grace Bay Beach is usually clean and clear of any pests. Occasionally you'll run across a stray stingray; make sure not to step on its tail and you'll be fine. There are no poisonous snakes in the Turks and Caicos.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

Most of the supplies are similar to those in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. You can find all the major brands that you are used to readily available around Provo, though prices are higher than at home. Over-the-counter drugs can be found at pharmacies and supermarkets, and even at small convenience stores. If you plan to travel beyond Provo, however, you may wish to stock up on necessities. Supplies may be slimmer in the less-developed islands. Sunscreen is especially expensive in the Grace Bay area; it's more reasonably priced at the IGA supermarket. If you need bug spray, get something with at least 25% DEET; off-brand spray is readily available. If you forget to buy it and find yourself at dusk with no-see-ums biting, ask your servers at the restaurant; there's a good chance they'll have a bottle on hand.

Health Warnings

National Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (877/394–8747 international travelers' health line. www.cdc.gov/travel.)

World Health Organization (www.who.int.)

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